Neil Robertson (@1.53) vs Ding Junhui (@2.5)

Our Prediction:

Neil Robertson will win

Neil Robertson – Ding Junhui Match Prediction | 11-09-2019 07:30

Following this victory, Ding's provisional world ranking rose from 62 at the start of the season to 60 and then to number 31. In April 2005, Ding celebrated his 18th birthday by reaching the final of the China Open in Beijing, defeating world top-16 ranked players Peter Ebdon, Marco Fu and Ken Doherty. The match was watched by 110 million people on China's national sports channel CCTV-5; it was the largest television audience recorded for a snooker match.[11] In December 2005, Ding beat Jimmy White, Paul Hunter and Joe Perry to reach the final of the UK Championship. In the final, Ding beat the world number three Stephen Hendry by 95 to win his first ranking tournament. At the end of the season, he was ranked number 27. In the final, he beat Steve Davis by 106 to become the first player from outside the UK to win the tournament.

Two of the most enjoyable players to watch on the entire circuit when in full flow, this could really be a barnstorming battle between a pair of heavy scorers. The latter has come a long way, though, since his desperate first round defeat to Rory McLeod in 2017. Un-Nooh gave John Higgins a decent run on his debut in 2018 and Trump can probably expect a similarly tough test next week as the Thai returns for a second crack at the Crucible. Trump, now a Masters champion, has matured immensely since then and is rightly considered to be one of the favourites for the title overall. The first couple of players out of the bag in Thursday mornings draw were Judd Trump and Thepchaiya Un-Nooh. Un-Nooh, the quickest player on the tour, is capable of running off frames in quick succession and one suspects that the 34 year-old will need that kind of fire power in order to match Trump. A possible crucial quarter-final with OSullivan awaits but first Trump will have to take the necessary precautions to overcome a skillful opponent in Un-Nooh. As you can see, the bottom section is littered with thrilling looking ties and this one is no different.

The Englishman hasnt challenged at the Crucible since 2014, though, and is often his own worst enemy as he struggles to deal with the inner demons that can affect his game, especially when the format increases over multiple sessions. Cahill, still only 23 and an exciting prospect for the future, will be looking to enjoy his moment against the sports biggest star. OSullivan has been practically unstoppable this season, reaching the title decider in seven out of the ten tournaments hes participated in, with only Trump managing to evade him in big finals. Ronnie OSullivan once again heads into the World Championship as the pre-tournament favourite, as he so often does. But greater challengers surely await OSullivan in the 2019 World Snooker Championship. Its not easy to see how he can change that statistic given the new world number ones pedigree and form. An incredible first round draw has paired the Rocket with James Cahill, who was the headline story of the qualifiers when he beat Michael Judge to become the first amateur to reach the Crucible in the tournaments 42-year history. Its what dreams are made of and aspirations dont come much loftier than a 2019 World Snooker Championship encounter with OSullivan. Which brings us to the last match. Cahill, a former professional who will regain his tour card next season, has actually played the five-time world champion three times but unsurprisingly has fallen short on each occasion.


Robertson has a son, Alexander, with his Norwegian fianc, Mille Fjelldal, [105] whom he met in 2008.

He won two frames from 1613 down but missed a blue in the next frame and lost 1715. Ding was eliminated from the China Open in quarter-finals after losing 51 to Kyren Wilson.[107] At the World Championship, Ding beat Zhou Yuelong in the first round by 105 and, after leading 62 and 97, Liang Wenbo was leading Ding 1311 in the second round. Despite a career-record ten losses and two wins prior to the match, Ding won 1310.[109][110] In his semi-final with Mark Selby, Ding made two consecutive centuries to end the third session at 1212. Ding made a 132 break to level the match and a 70 in the decider to progress with a score of 1312.[108] He played Ronnie O'Sullivan in the quarter-finals.

He made his breakthrough in the 2006/2007 season.[10] After finishing top of his group at the 2006 Grand Prix's round robin stage (he lost only one match: his opener against Nigel Bond by 23), Robertson then beat Ronnie O'Sullivan 51 in the quarter-finals of the event. He beat Alan McManus 62 in the semis, to reach his first major final, where he faced a fellow first-time finalist, the unseeded Jamie Cope, whom he beat comfortably by 95 to win his first ever professional ranking tournament.[11] The win earned Robertson 60,000, his highest amount of money earned in one tournament. So he went on to the semi-finals, being only the fourth Australian ever to do so in a ranking event.

Ding won three consecutive ranking tournaments in 2013.

Neil Robertson vs Michael Georgiou

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Ding Junhui (Chinese: ; born 1 April 1987) is a Chinese professional snooker player who has been considered the most successful Asian player in the history of the sport. At 15, Ding became the youngest winner of the IBSF World Under-21 Championship, In 2016, he won the Six-red World Championship. He began playing snooker at age nine and rose to international prominence in 2002 after winning the Asian Under-21 Championship, the Asian Championship.

In May 2013, Robertson made the second official maximum break of his career in the Wuxi Classic qualifiers against Mohamed Khairy.[55] In the main stage of the tournament, he defeated John Higgins 107 in the final to secure his eighth ranking event title.

John Higgins vs Mark Davis

From ten prior encounters with one another, Perry possesses the advantage with six wins to his name. Perry, who beat defending champion Mark Selby in the first round as a qualifier in 2018, is now match sharp and relatively fresh after losing only five frames in the preliminaries at the English Institute of Sport. It has taken David Gilbert 17 years as a professional to break into the top 16 but he picked a good time of the year to achieve it, guaranteeing an automatic World Championship spot for the first time. But Perry is more familiar with the Crucible surroundings and, even as the qualifier, is arguably the marginal favourite for this one. Gilbert has been the better player overall this season, highlighted by his runs to the finals of both the World Open and German Masters. Joe Perry, with his immense experience, was in many peoples eyes the most difficult qualifier to get. The Englishman probably would have been hoping that achievement resulted in an easier opening path but it hasnt really transpired in that fashion.